NEXT General Meeting:To be announced.New members welcome. Join our group and help protect this special area.
Hands off our National Parks ACTION
The Queensland Government wants to privatise parts of our national parks system for private tourism developments, including clearing forest for facilities for luxury camping tours of the beautiful Hinchinbrook island. Click here to write to Environment Minister, Leeanne Enoch, today and demand that she withdraws her support for this outrageous plan.
Campaigns and Activities
The beautiful Barron River is central to the ecology that has sustained First Nations peoples for a thousand generations. Now it flows through some of the most intensively farmed land in the country cutting through the World Heritage rainforest with its delta cutting through the middle of Cairns and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Elevated chemicals are found in the water threatening people AND the environment.
The rich World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforests are home to Australia's greatest diversity of animals and plants. Yet there are many rare, threatened and endangered animals. Friends of the Earth FNQ works with local communities and individual members to help preserve environmental biodiversity in the Far North region.
Read articles from our monthly column in the Kuranda Paper and other articles, news, letters and media releases. We also post here local material we write from 'Chain Reaction' the Magazine of FOE Australia.
Members of FOE FNQ are opposed to the proposed mega resort and satellite suburb in Myola near Kuranda. This area, zoned rural, is one of the very few habitats of the Kuranda Tree Frog and that narrow point in the Wet Tropics is crucial for Cassowary movement from north to south.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submission time has just ended and assessment is ongoing. if you missed putting in a submission- or want to take more action- please write to Federal environment Minister Melissa Price.
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FoEFNQ seeks to be actively involved, supporting other non-aligned campaigns and groups in FNQ.
FOEFNQ wants to keep NQ free of Coal Seam Gas mining and exploration activities. And we support the campaigns of Lock the Gate against gas in Queensland.
Kuranda has a unique positioning right adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. We seek to preserve and improve the ambiance of our beautiful village. We want new infrastructure and developments to fit with OUR heritage as the Village in the Rainforest. We campaign on issues that look after the environment and ecosystems of Kuranda: the Spirit of Kuranda.
Roaming dogs are a danger to people, their pets, endangered cassowary and other Australian wildlife. We are losing our social rights and civil freedoms to be safe in our local environments. This campaign educates the community about irresponsible dog owners who allow dogs to harm people and wildlife. We lobby for regulation on pig hunting at the State level.
Dog owners must be 100% responsible for their dogs actions.
Hinchinbrook Under Threat
The Qld Government has again raised the spectre of privatising and building infrastructure in the most wildest spaces which are under the ongoing active care of Aboriginal people. Helicopters, roads and paths are proposed for our own Hinchinbrook Island.
In 2010, the Qld Government sold 99 year leases of Forestry Plantations to Hancock's Timber Resources: 350 000 hectares in all. One plantation is situated right next to Wet Tropics World Heritage. Caribbean Pine mono-culture is being grown with intensive aerial spraying of chemicals for 'weeds', i.e. native forest regrowth. Many in the community express that they have not been consulted or informed. Licenses should be reassigned and the forests re-vegetated for crucial wildlife corridors and habitat for cassowaries and other wildlife.